Britain's first park and cycle scheme opens in Cambridge


26-04-2001

Britain's first park and cycle scheme has rolled into action in Cambridge.

University staff can now park their cars in one of 292 spaces at the site, then collect their bikes from secure lockers to cycle the last mile into work.



Vice Chancellor Sir Alec Broers said: 'We are very proud of this innovative facility, not only because it is the first of its kind in the country.



'It provides an opportunity for the university to demonstrate a workable solution to the ever increasing problem of traffic congestion and pollution in our city.'



University employee Philippa Smith was one of the first people to sign up to the new 1.5 million scheme.



She said: 'I was keen to get a place so that I could combine my journey to work with a chance to get fit.



'It is a much more pleasant route into the centre along the cycle paths and it beats sitting in traffic.'



Security at the site, in Clerk Maxwell Road, has won it a Secured Car Parks Award from the Association of Chief Police Officers.

 

The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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